Setting up a Tabernacle, a space for God to dwell with us: A conversation of a self-confessed perfectionist with her Lord

Should I be one to make a Tabernacle, Lord?

 “The Lord said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will build my Temple and its courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son and I will be his father.’” 1 Chronicles 28:6

 Yes, but that’s Solomon.

 “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’” Galatians 3:26, 4:6

How do I do it?

 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately.  Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind.  For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought.  If you seek him, you will find him.  But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.  So take this seriously.  The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary.  Be strong, and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28:9-10

 Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary-which was the place of atonement. (v.11)  “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was written under the direction of the LORD.” (v. 19)

 What if I fail, or get it wrong, or don’t hear you correctly?

 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.  He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.” 1 Chronicles 28:20

 “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Phil. 1:6

What happened next…

As my husband and I pursued God with this idea, we realized that He had set plans for a Tabernacle in our home before we had even thought of the idea.  Our living room was a sumptuous room, with deep purple walls, a lush red carpet, and lots of bronze and jewel tones.  All of our most beautiful things were in this room, works of art, candles, beautiful mirrors and wall hangings.  God had planted a vision of a room in our hearts before the idea of a Tabernacle was even a thought.  I’m glad He chose to do it that way; it took “me” out of the picture, gave me no chance for pride that I was building the Lord a place.  It was His from the beginning; He made sure it was decorated remarkably like the Old Testament Tabernacle, colors and everything.  He made sure it was full of things that reminded me of the Beauty of the Lord, the Master of Creation, the Lord of Heavens Armies, and the King of Kings.

 I thought it would be a fearful thing, a place of awe and reverence, the throne room of a King.  It is.  But it is also a comforting place, like a guest room for my family; a place to hang-out with a good friend.  It is a room for quiet and contemplation; a room for candlelight and soft music; a room for a good cry on the shoulder of the One who can do something about it.  It is sometimes even a room of laughter, and dancing, and fun. It is always a room of worship.

 Why I expected anything less, I don’t know.  It is, after all, the dwelling place of our multi-faceted Lord and God, the all-encompassing Lord of life, our Good Shepherd and friend, our Savior, our Abba.  He loves us.  That is why He wants to dwell with us.  Doesn’t that kind of love just drive you to your knees, make you smile, make you cry?  It does me.  He is good.  He is faithful.  He is, above all, WORTHY.

2 Responses to “Setting up a Tabernacle, a space for God to dwell with us: A conversation of a self-confessed perfectionist with her Lord”

  1. Mark Says:

    What a wonderful, honest, humble entry. Really reflects well what it is to hear from God and then attempt to be obedient. He is good!

  2. Lunette Says:

    People should read this.

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